Participation in Decision-Making and Law-Making



The following problems regarding public participation by non-governmental organisations exist:

  • a complete refusal to consult with non-governmental organisations about changes to law and policy and the fulfilment of international obligations or a willingness to do so only on a discriminatory and non-representative basis;
  • a failure to establish mechanisms and procedures through which consultation can occur;
  • restrictions on access by non-governmental organisations to official information;
  • prohibitions on non-governmental organisations proposing changes to law and policy;
  • the treatment of analyses and comment by non-governmental organisations on the operation in practice of law and policy as a criminal offence or a hostile act;
  • a refusal or reluctance to work with non-governmental organisations in the implementation of public policy objectives.

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